National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” We’ll be focusing on the theme for each week in our social media feeds.

  1. Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan.  Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.
  2. Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit.  Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
  3. Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness.  Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.
  4. Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness.  Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

As you think about your family’s preparedness plans, you may also be thinking about how you can help our coastal neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Ida.  Remember the fastest way is to send money.  While there is often an urge to send water, blankets, food and other items, charity organizations aren’t ready to handle the logistical nightmare of organizing, storing and distributing physical goods. Donating money to trusted charities means the money goes to what’s needed right now in the places it’s needed most. Charities also often get bulk discounts and, if possible, will purchase items in the disaster area to help support local economic recovery.

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